2007 Sonoma Vineyards Chardonnay

2007 Sonoma Vineyards ChardonnayPrice: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per the bottle “Our Sonoma Vineyards chardonnay is unoaked, forward and fresh, brimming with juicy ripe fruit like tropical pineapple and wild mountain pears. N o need for a lemon squeeze, you’ll discover plenty of citrus and maybe even apricot as you sip through the rich, lovely layers. Experience Sonoma County first hand with every sip of our 2007 Chardonnay.”

What I Think:

A Rodney Strong label in disguise this is a rare Chardonnay that resonates with me in both style and price ($6). Crisp on entry, it holds through the mid-palate. From there white (pear) fruits briefly appear before being overtaken by a very nice lemon, citrus component which delivers a tart, refreshing finish. Beautifully balanced, no oak, no butter and you can taste fruit! This may be my new favorite Chard, my wife will be thrilled…

Rating: Buy It

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7 thoughts on “2007 Sonoma Vineyards Chardonnay

  1. We’d been enjoying this one for a few weeks. But when I went this morning to pick up a stashaway case at our San Diego TJs (Point Loma), it was sold out. The manager said it started flying off the shelves a few days ago.

  2. “The manager said it started flying off the shelves a few days ago.”

    Witness the power of Jason’s Wine Blog!

  3. There was a case or so on the shelf today and another case in the back that I took home from one local TJs in the San Jose area, although I haven’t been able to find it in other locations since first getting a couple of bottles based on this post. Very nice Chard for the price. The guy who brought me a case said they would be keeping it in stock, but since it’s a 2007 it seems more likely it was something the winery wanted to move quickly before it aged too much.

  4. @MK: The reason we got this batch was that the winery decided to change their label.
    Cool that you were able to find some more.

  5. @Andy Glad you scored some of this and sorry if (in my dreams) as @joshiemac says I let the proverbial cat out of the bag…

    @MK Likewise, glad you scored it as well!

    @Angela Rodney Strong wanted to change the label? Or are these secret details…

  6. I found this to be in plenty supply as I found it in one of Big Red Liquors “Outlet” Stores. Talking with the manager….. they had at the time (Jan 29, 2011) 42 cs on hand at $4.99 a bottle. You can visit their web site at http://www.bigredliquors.com look under news letters then e letters.

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